Questions tagged [modern-world]

Particular issues from the modern world, which relate to or affect the practice of Buddhism. These topics include but are not limited to technological, political and consumer issues that impact on Buddhist thought and practice.

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How to explain what Buddhism is?

My mother and I come from a non-Buddhist culture/background/society/country/family. At one point when I had an opportunity to explain to her what Buddhism is, I was doing well (i.e. she was listening ...
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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?

As a kid I used to download a lot of softwares and movies using torrents. Even if something illegal is done, it doesn't necessarily mean that it violates a precept. But can this be considered as ...
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Should one give to beggars?

I'm very fortunate to live in an affluent part of the world. Even so, it is a common site to see people begging for money in the street. In our town there are posters up asking people not to give to ...
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Caught between two worlds

Hi my Name is Tobias and I am 31 years old. Of course there is a personal story behind my question and a lot of causes and conditions that led to my current situation but in brief the question goes ...
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Can Buddhists be good workplace leaders?

Many people that start to meditate and follow the Dhamma become more tolerant, less attached to reputation, more "easy going" and treat all with loving kindness, this can create an opportunity for ...
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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

Perhaps this should be closed as a 'shopping' question, but maybe translations take a long time to make and therefore there are not too many of them, and they don't go out of date quickly. The ...
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Are there any living enlightened people?

Is there any person who is widely believed to be enlightened by Buddhists, and who confirms that himself/herself?
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Is it ethical to kill plant life while gardening?

I live in Denmark and here we have gotten an amazing concept called "City Gardens". Its basically a 3 x 3 meter garden in the middle of the city granting city dwellers acces to grow their own ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

In the Talaputta Sutra the Buddha says that actors will either be reborn as an animal or go to hell When an actor on the stage, [he thinks that] after death, he is reborn in the company of the ...
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Does meditation increase productivity for software developers and related professions?

Is there any evidence for Buddhist meditation practices increasing productivity for software developers? Just from my own experience it seems like it does but I'm just interested into other ...
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What is Buddhism's view on divorce?

In some religions, marriage is perceived as eternal and is a bond that can not be broken. I believe I have read that marriage in Buddhism is not a formal or well-defined institution as it is in ...
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How do I make non-buddhists help understand I operate with a different view?

I have started on my path not very long ago and because I'm very unsure where it will take me, I am hesitant to label myself as a Buddhist or even a meditator or such. Also where I live, eastern ...
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Is technology making us less mindful?

In terms of availability of technology, the modern world is very different from the world in which Buddhism arose, and the Buddhist suttas were written As a result, these days, people do things ...
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Can Buddhism be viewed as a threat to the capitalist way of life?

As capitalism depends on the desire to consume (the more you consume the better), is it fair to say that Buddhism goes against capitalism? Or does anyone thinks that Buddhism can coexist very well ...
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Is modern capitalism inherently opposed to Buddhism?

In the Dhammapada in the chapter 20 - The Path it says "I will make this my winter home have another house for the monsoon and dwell in a third for during the summer". Lost in such fancies, one ...
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As per buddism, how is it possible to leave behind my obsession with drugs?

I don't want to consult any doctor about my obsession. I do not even want to speak about it to my family and friends. I wish to get an answer tailor-made for me about my obsession with getting dead-...
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Is it ok for a Buddhist to participate in a demonstration?

I'm talking about a peaceful demonstration against a corrupt government. The point is: It can be seen as divisive speech because there will be people against it.
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How to reduce distractions in sitting practice?

How are people supposed to practice sitting meditation when there are so many distractions around like working, internet social media pages and other things like that?
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What do buddhists do in a situation of war where all able-bodied men must become soldiers?

I was reading a chapter called "The Buddhist Stand on the Death Sentence" on p. 390-393 in the book "What Buddhists Believe" by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda. In here it is written that the law is supreme ...
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Is playing computer games an unwholesome activity?

Recently I've slipped back into playing computers games. This morning I had a moment of clarity and realised that for me it is not a good activity and I've uninstalled them and I feel a lot better. ...
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The terror tragedy in France in Buddhist light

How can the horrible and tragic events in France be seen from a Buddhist perspective? Can the global situation with fanatical terrorism be analyzed in terms of the Buddhist theory of human mind? Can ...
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Buddhist practice and physical exercises

What is the right mindset we should have towards physical exercises according to buddhist practice ? e.g. Weight training , cardio , running etc. In my case I'm spending most of my day sitting at ...
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How compatible are (Theravada) Buddhism and the Western life?

There are a lot of people practicing their religion at home (to some extent). But how practical is that for a Buddhist? My question came boiling up when a family-member said that I ultimately have to ...
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Mindfulness when on the train, underground and bus

Many of us spend at least a couple of hours per day on public transport like bus, train or underground (for me it is around 2.5 hours). How could we use that time to develop right mindfulness?
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Do monks not have responsibility towards parents and family?

In this age, getting enlightened is not sought after by many as in Buddhas era. So I assume it must be harder for parents to accept such a decision. But monks who decide to ordain also have ...
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Experiencing physical pain

What advice (or techniques e.g. of meditation) does Buddhism (of any tradition) have for people who experience physical pain (caused by an illness and treated by a doctor)? Or for the people (friends, ...
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Does using a pdf for sale for free violate the 2nd precept?

So I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons a bunch, and have recently begun trying to follow the first 5 precepts of Buddhism. I'm not a practicing Buddhist, but I think they are a good way to live my life. So I ...
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What happens if a monk is called for jury duty?

Is it possible for a monk to be called for jury duty in the U.S.A.? If so, does the Buddhist religion prevent them from taking part int he judicial process, as it involves passing judgment on others? ...
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Is Buddhism in a worldwide decline?

I was listening to a podcast a while ago and it stated that Buddhism worldwide is in decline. I found that surprising. Is that true? Does anyone have any references or better still statistics to prove ...
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Can I count my contribution to the open source as a dharma?

It is mean, that if I am professional developer and I can help other people for free, can I think, that software development, that is my hobby and profession, in the same time is my Dharma?
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Is Karma different for accidental killing than intentional killing?

Ever since I have started following Buddhism, I have stopped killing any type of insects but during the course of time I have accidentally killed few insects when I had no intentions of harming them ...
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What can be done about fake monks?

in the city where i live (Toronto, although this is an issue in many cities around the world), there are people dressed as monks soliciting others on the street for donations. In return, various good ...
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Is it more important not to break precepts through proxy, or to not cause suffering to your family?

An important point I see is how one furthers death and lying. Through working, you are taxed, and taxes fund the breaking of the precepts. Taxes fund war and espionage, so killing and stealing are ...
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How do you trade a career for a life geared toward becoming awakened?

I am a sales person according to my profession. I skip working and wander all over the unknown places, everyday. I just love doing that. But now that I am understanding Buddhist philosophy and am able ...
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Celebrate Christmas

Is it wrong when Buddhist celebrate Christmas? I definitely shocked when I saw a monk facebook's status then he wrote that we do the wrong thing when we celebrate Christmas. Is that true?
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Would making a video game be considered “business in intoxicants” or “business in poisons”?

Right Livelihood, as stated in the :Vanijja Sutta "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, ...
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Is it wrong to watch fight events like boxing, MMA, judo etc.?

From a Buddhist's perspective, is it wrong to watch such sports on television for example? Of course, I'm talking as a lay person. Monks have a completely different approach regarding entertainment. ...
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Noting craving for food : Ven. Mahasi Saydaw tradition

Practice : Ven.Mahasi Sayadaw I mostly practice "daily life" meditation and I found this specific question very important ( I have got some illnesses due to this too) I get intention to eat when I ...
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What is Buddhist Modernism?

This question refers to "Buddhist Modernism" however I'm not sure what it is. It is a term that I have heard crop up in a few other places. Is it a reformation movement within Buddhism? If so what is ...
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Can following Buddhist practices help me in my studies?

I am a student and follow Buddhist ideas. Can Buddhist practices increase my capabilities to be a better student? More discipline? Clearer mind? What practices would be of the most benefit to achieve ...
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Kamma and right livelihood in a modern business environment

It is easier to define "right livelihood" in the time of the Buddha when compared to our modern society. I would like to know if this situation can be considered wrong livelihood and if it creates bad ...
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A noobs balance. Where to go on my journey?

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Recently I’ve been pondering the idea of becoming a professor of Eastern Religions, particularly Buddhism. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but something about ...
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Stages of Life according to Buddhism

Like in Hinduism, is there any teaching on the stages of life in Buddhism ? P.S. Answers for this question will be great "Dhamma gifts" for my upcoming Birth day.
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Buddhist chant from video game

In the old game, Afterlife (Lucas Arts), there is a song that features a chant. The song is the most peaceful of the soundtrack, in my opinion, and I have always wondered what the chant was. The song ...
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Buddhism and organ donation

Thank you for creating this website. I have a question regarding organ donation. How is organ donation understood in theravada buddhism? Is it okay to do it? Have a good day. May all beings be ...
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What are the consequences of the 14th Dalai Lama being the last one?

The current (14th) Dalai Lama has recently indicated that he may be the last person to hold that title. Does this stance cause any theological issues for the Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism or more ...
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What are some entertaining/fictional movies, books, etc. about Buddhadharma or Buddha himself?

What are entertaining/fictional movies, cartoons or books about Buddhadharma or Buddha himself?
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Observing eight precepts in regular life

I've seen some people do this. But how practical is this with the modern lifestyle? As an example the place where I sit in the office is a bit too comfortable. Sometimes there's music in public ...
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Burst bubble : How to deal with a traumatizing event?

Recently i stumbled upon a movie disc and on it was a movie called "American guinea pigs". It wasn't a typical funny horror story, it was a ultra realistic documentary style movie. There was a woman ...
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A Buddhist Point of View of Virtual Reality

Buddhism teaches that what is real is experience; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, thinking. From this perspective, is virtual reality, (video games, Oculus Rift, and such) objectively ...